Northeast Tennessee

Know Your Baseline

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Arrowhead (Indian Trail)

Nothing like a calm 32 degree morning for the PAX to enjoy a fitness test as they push for gains the rest of the year. 18 PAX rolled into Arrowhead to challenge themselves and establish a baseline.
SSH – 15 IC

Merkin – 10 IC

TTT – 10 IC

LBAC – 10 IC

LBAC Reverse – 10 IC


Straight forward military based fitness test. The group took a mosey to the playground for the exercise portion. The PAX were divided into 3 groups. Each group rotated to complete 2 minutes each of AMRAP merkins, pull-ups, and big boy sit-ups. Results were recorded on individual sheets. Next stop was the track for the run portion. QIC should have been more judicious with time as we only had 20min remaining. PAX lined up across the track for a 2 mile run test. Anyone who couldn’t finish the full 2 miles was asked to record their total time and number of laps. All the PAX kept their sheets to also note some 2018 fitness goals and return to the QIC in the next week. We will perform this test again in July and December to track our progress. We will also use the 2018 fitness goals to offer some Qs, challenges, and other opportunities to help the PAX achieve their goals. Strong work from everyone.



Knowing your baseline is important to all aspects of life. We need to have clarity regarding where we stand in our spiritual lives, marriages, parenting, careers, fitness, and so on. This is the only way we can be intentional and disciplined in these aspects of our lives. We must know where we are to see where our opportunity lies. Too often we see husbands and fathers stumbling through life with no goals, no motivation, and no direction. I would challenge us to establish our baseline in all areas, not just fitness. How often do I pray? I often do I spend time in God’s word? How often do I make dedicated time for my wife? My kids? How much time do I spend on things that don’t add value to my life? How many calories do I consume? How much time do I spend at work? How often do I tell my wife and kids I love them? We should ask ourselves these questions and many others to live the lives we are called to live. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. We all have great purpose in our lives whether we realize it or not. It’s up to us to find our baseline, see our potential, and strive to achieve it so that we may fulfil that purpose.

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